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The Letters Page: Episode 177
Creative Process: Young Legacy Foes

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Primary Topic

Felicia Parsons

Intro

We talk about Legacy stuff! Again!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 1:54:22

We falter our way through banter, eager to get to it! And then we go long! Sorry about the comparatively longer show — Legacy just brings that out of us! Plus, at least one major reveal that connects the dots on some things you didn't know...

Join us next week for our first Same Age Day Show! What will we talk about? Time will tell! One week's time, in fact!

Characters Mentioned

Summary

Overview

  • Even before they get a chance to banter to lead off the episode, they kind of make up somebody who is just a minor villain/criminal, but who also happens to be a big fan of Young Legacy. Like, as she’s taking them into custody this person asks for an autograph or something. It was a fun goof, and they don’t think it’s a recurring character, they’re just a one-off story. That’s common in the America’s Newest Legacy book as it has a strong “freak of the week” element to it and not all of the baddies stick around. Today’s topic is going to focus more on the ones who do stick.
  • First they’ll cover a few of the villains we already know about, then they’ll make some new ones.
  • Iron Curtain - often annotated as Iron Curtain (II) when applicable. She wasn’t ever “Young Iron Curtain” the way that Felicia was known as “Young Legacy” because there was never any overlap in active status between the two Iron Curtains. That being said, within her own book Felicia was often simply referred to as “Legacy” as well since, in those stories, she was pretty much the only active hero making appearances (there is a crossover with Expatriette at one point at least). It’s simpler to not use a qualifier in a situation where there’s not any danger of ambiguity, so if her dad’s not around, she’s just “Legacy” even if he hasn’t actually passed the mantle until after OblivAeon. Similarly, there’s only a need to indicate that the younger Iron Curtain isn’t the first one in, like, a Metaverse compendium of character bios where she’s right next to her dad using the same name.
  • Anyway, America’s Finest Legacy #498 wraps up the story of the original Iron Curtain (with his death) and his daughter gets introduced and does show up occasionally in America’s Newest Legacy issues, but she wasn’t particularly common as she wasn’t, say, one of Felicia’s classmates or somebody who she was around day-to-day. She exists as a juxtaposition between the fathers and their respective daughters.
  • They do want to make up a specific story for Iron Curtain today, though. ANL is Felicia’s book for 43 issues (#500 in August 2013 through #542 in February 2017), which is still a decent run of issues. Unlike pretty much everywhere else, comic book time doesn’t really happen in her book while she’s in college - the four years of her solo title cover her four years of college in more or less real-time (although her senior year gets interrupted by OblivAeon and after things come back after the line-wide reboot we assume that people finished off their degrees in that small time jump). [Point of order: from what we’ve been told previously, she starts college in August 2012 while still doing back-up stories in Justice Comics for a year before getting ANL to herself. It’s therefore possible that she didn’t need to have this time-jump graduation if she actually finished in 2016.]
  • They’ve mentioned that Iron Curtain shows up in some kind of protest on or near the campus of Felicia’s college and causes problems. We probably want this to be relatively early in the run so that readers still have the connection to her father from his last story in mind. Heck, let’s put it right there in issue #500 - we get a lot of establishing stuff for her college life (friends, her mundane rival, etc.), but then at the end of the issue there’s this “anti-America” protest or something and Iron Curtain is there. That’s weird - it should probably be something on the other end of the spectrum that Iron Curtain attacks. We’re too late for 4th of July. Do they wait for a Thanksgiving parade in November? Maybe something for Labor Day?
  • That’s still weird. Why does she wind up in this small town? This prompts a correction that Fairville is meant to be a metro area of a few million people - it’s not small, just not as big as Megalopolis. Maybe that’s why - she knows that if she causes trouble in Megalopolis that she’ll just get the Freedom Five coming down on her, so she’s in Fairville to get something going without immediate reprisal. Hmm… or how about this: she goes there because of Young Legacy. At some point in #500 Felicia stops a bank robbery or some mundane crime, but gets media attention and so Iron Curtain wants to go start something/nip yet another “American franchise” in the bud.
  • They don’t want to do a whole 6-issue arc about Iron Curtain, though. This introductory period of the book needs to establish the way it’s going to work (with more freak-of-the-week storytelling) - if we’re sticking to roughly real-time, each 6-issue arc is a semester. Like, each issue is the notable stuff that happens, possibly with short back-up stories to fill out some more of the time. Man, the first arc for her here is probably titled something like “Orientation” and the trade is probably something really obnoxious. Like, it includes issues #499-504 (ending in December so the next trade covers the spring semester), but including the America’s Greatest Legacy issue at the end of the trade as it’s not actually part of this story, just setup for the Legacy line overall and feels more like a back-up story in its entirety. That sets up spring/fall semester trades from then on.
  • Another character that shows up in this Orientation arc that we already know about is Cold Shoulder, Jana Goodman, the daughter of Henry Goodman, the original Absolute Zero. Which makes this seem like it’s going to be nothing but “daughter stories”, which is also likely intentional, but fits the theme. Like, Felicia’s the only well-adjusted daughter of another established character or something. I guess by certain metrics that Expatriette is well-adjusted, at least by this point in the time line ("she’s surprisingly well-adjusted, considering…"). She uses her dad’s technology, but while he used it in a very Golden Age way, she uses it in a modern way. She also doesn’t necessarily pretend that these are powers that she has (rather than just tech), but she doesn’t correct people who assume otherwise. She has a grudge with heroes for their treatment of her father and, by extension, "robbing" her of her own heroic legacy. When "Young Legacy" shows up, that’s the last straw. There could have been a "Young Absolute Zero", but it’s too late for that now - she’s mad and there’s no talking her out of it. As a character, we probably see her for the first time after Felicia, but in terms of age she’s presented as being something like a decade older.
  • Iron Curtain and Cold Shoulder are here to be a “Young Legacy foe” as opposed to most others in this period who are either just mundane criminals or villains who just happen to find themselves opposite Felicia due to geography.
  • Getting into new things for this episode, there are a few categories for stories. One is just “stuff that’s happening” - random bank robbers, rampaging monsters unrelated to anything else, etc. There are two other main kinds of foes: students and faculty of Wright University (some student or faculty member gets powers and she has to deal with it - this is mostly going to be simple/archetypal, with stuff like a football player becoming a Minotaur or something else that’s a big tough brute type, the person wearing the school mascot costume turns into a monster version of whatever that is, etc.). They joke about this happening whenever somebody gets pushed into a puddle, but this prompts a thought to circle back to later involving a building’s sprinkler system.
  • Brief aside regarding what the mascot should even be. Christopher suggests Woody the Woodrat, but Adam points out that having a “giant monster rat” might be a poor choice. They try to look into some other animals that might fit the area. A bat is suggested - might draw Vampire comparisons, but they don’t really have a “man bat” character otherwise for some reason, so having a one-off here might not be too bad. Although, given that this person is going to be changed irreparably, they might want to make them recurring and so that might not be a great idea. Christopher then proposes Franklin’s ground squirrel as an option - the mascot himself could even be named Franklin. The guy in the mascot outfit gets mutated, not just into a squirrel-man monster, but the version of that where the squirrel is the cartoonish, plush mascot outfit version of a squirrel. Likely one of the more frightening monsters they’ve invented.
  • There’s probably also an A/V geek who winds up being able to create hallucinations (see and/or hear things that aren’t there as well as preventing people from hearing/seeing things that are there). They could just call this villain A/V. Or, this nerd is more grandiose and announced themself with “I am Audio/Visual!” and Felicia’s somewhat dismissive with an eye-rolly “Okay, but I’m gonna just call you A/V.” Like she has no time for this amount of nonsense.
  • Let’s do one more. What kinds of stuff go on in a school? The biology lab is always good for a laugh. The math department can have somebody turn into sentient math or something - Mathlete! What kind of powers does “Mathlete” have? He can do math… in his brain! This started as a goof, but it could be somebody without any other overt powers, but who is cold and calculating and can set things up. Like, “if I turn this fan on here, turn off that light there, set up this light to strobe once like so, then Legacy will wind up flying into that wall” kinds of chain reactions of causality.
  • You know what - between Mathlete, A/V, Franklin the Ground Squirrel, and I dunno, Leather-fist the football Minotaur guy they’ve got a pretty solid villain team. They probably all have one-off stories individually, but then Mathlete masterminds a team later on. A/V as an illusionist has a pretty decent role on a team, Leather-fist is your front-line brawler. What’s Franklin’s deal? Maybe he’s pretty fast. As a school mascot, maybe he has a support/buff-the-team role? Of the group, they really like Mathlete here. Felicia is so powerful that having somebody who just plans and out-thinks her is a nice foil.
    • They toy around with team names for a bit (the Student Body, the Under/Over/Nevergrads, the Dropouts, etc.), but they probably want them to remain a thing after the college era and so likely also want to not have a name tying them that strongly to the college origin. Like, nobody creates a character expecting that they’ll disappear - creators want their characters to become the next big thing (well, okay, Franklin may have been intended to be a joke one-off that just wound up not being a one-off). They decide to work on a name for the team later and move on.
  • The other category they mentioned was faculty members at Wright. They don’t think that the head of the school is a villain, but they seem to go through a lot of them for some reason (a story about this is “The Principal Principle”). Legacy thinks that there’s one curmudgeonly guy (like the Dean of Admissions or something) that’s been there forever is behind it, but he’s not. He actually cares about the job and the students a lot - he’s often grumpy, but when he tells a student “no” about something it’s for good reasons. Wait, this is a Villains episode, not a Supporting Cast episode… Moving on.
  • There could be an advisor character that’s a villain. Somebody who gives lots of good advice to the students, but they Just. Don’t. Listen. That sets them up to be a villain, but then there’s the sprinkler incident or whatever and now she actually has powers of suggestion so people will do as she says! You’d think that she’d be happy - she lays out a good course of action for a student and they do it. The problem is that if people always do what you say, it’s really easy to start abusing that power. It’s another fun villain that isn’t necessarily defeated by punching - there’s good potential for this person to be somebody that Legacy winds up having to help. Like, she might not even have a villain name. She discovers her power, things go well, then she starts slipping and abusing the power, then she realizes how dangerous it is for even offhand remarks to be taken as commands if you’re not careful. There might be a story name that’s comic booky (likely with “Guidance” in there, if not just that), but she just has her own name. Her name is Jennifer Williams.
  • Adam pitches an idea for an auto-shop teacher who’s working under a car when it falls on him, but there’s also some Isoflux Alpha around and he melds with it (or it was in the car somewhere and it drips on him while he’s working on it, and in his distress he knocks over the jack or something), so now he’s made of car parts. Christopher suggests Road Rage if that name isn’t taken. He’s angry and just wants to go back to having a regular life [this prompts a mention of some RPG guys they’ve built: Tire Fire and the Riveter and their minions the Road Rashers - it seems like Road Rage would get along with these guys].
  • Okay, so that’s fun. Now to talk about some characters they’ve mentioned in the past. First off, Dr. Eliza Beck gets an adjunct teaching position Felicia’s sophomore year - you might remember that name as the alter ego of Doctor Toxica [from the Terminal Ballistics writer’s room]. The arc spans the whole “semester” from ANL #511-516 [June-December 2014]. Expatriette arrives at the end of #513 and is around through the end of the arc. Beck’s plan is to manipulate students, but also to steal chemicals/experiment on students, and just generally doing “bad chemistry stuff”. The first three issues, from Legacy’s perspective, are mainly her thinking this new professor is up to something, but then Expat shows up and knows what’s what.
  • Now for the one we’ve all been waiting for, the one that’s obviously behind most of what they’ve been discussing to this point: Antimox. To explain him, they need to rewind all the way back to the Southwest Sentinels episode and a reveal that they really expected the listeners to pick up on, but apparently nobody did. They were not trying to be particularly subtle.
  • Anyway, back in the Southwest Sentinels episode, they talked about a brilliant scientist, Gregory Nolan, and his discovery of a way to produce antimatter, which he could then use in power generation. Unfortunately, the first time he started up the full-scale unit there was a burst of exotic particles that atomized him in an instant. After that the machine runs fine, although it continues to spit out exotic particles that eventually results in the formation of Isoflux Alpha out in the world which results in superpowered Omegas.
  • Later, in the Young Legacy episode, they mentioned a villain who is a science professor at her college, but has an alternate form that’s a mass of roiling black and purple energy. He is doing evil by giving people powers and sending them out to do bad stuff. That’s Antimox, whose human name is Nathan Gregory.
  • They thought that Gregory N. was really similar to N. Gregory and that the description of what he was doing really smacked of Isoflux Alpha/Omegas and that we’d put it together that they were the same person. After his body was destroyed by the same sorts of things that later results in Omegas getting powers should have been another clue. Anyway, some time after his “death”, he manages to pull himself together again into the energy form. He’s out in space and is confused about what happened. This process also leaves him somewhat unhinged - not “crazy” exactly, but his sense of morality is affected and let’s say that he doesn’t seem to see any problems with experimenting on human subjects without IRB approval or informed consent. He makes up an “impenetrable alias” and gets a job somewhere smaller than where he’d been, but still with enough resources for his purposes - he creates some credentials for himself somehow, his powers are “extensive”. He controls every molecule of his body and can manipulate energy at will, but despite that his greatest strength is likely his ability to detect/see/sense Isoflux Alpha and can then isolate and contain it.
  • On that last note, he has a lot of it in his secret lab there in Fairville, and is actually doing science with it. We see him working with it in a few stories here and there in ANL. It’s been said that the characters don’t know about Isoflux Alpha and Omegas (or at least where they get their powers), but the readers do. The caveat there is that this one character does and the readers learn about it through him. So, Antimox is a behind-the-scenes villain who does his thing (which mostly consists of “making villains” by exposing people to Isoflux Alpha, but there are indications that he has some larger plan) right up through the end of the Multiverse without being unmasked.

Questions

  • Besides Iron Curtain, are any of Felicia’s foes connected to her father’s rogues gallery (say, a new Firestarter)? Not Firestarter - she’s still around. Cold Shoulder fits the category somewhat as it’s somebody who’s a villain with a connection to Paul VIII’s past. If ANL had had more time to develop, this sort of thing would likely have happened more often as they went, but this sort of “new interpretations of old villains” is also fair game in the post-relaunch Legacy title.
  • Do any of Felicia’s foes other than Iron Curtain upgrade to being general Sentinels of Freedom foes after OblivAeon? Yes, for sure.
  • Are there any old villains that turn out to work particularly well as Young Legacy villains, possibly ones that didn’t work for writing/thematic reasons as enemies for her father? Doctor Toxica as far as “old villain” (who started in the ’90s), but she wasn’t somebody who fought the elder Legacy in particular. She is more likely to get those reinterpretations of old villains than the old villains themselves.
  • Any villains that relate to Felicia being a woman stepping into what had always been a man’s position? Not really. There’s already enough public-perception stuff present in her story without it being explicitly the shtick of a villain. A villain might mention it occasionally, but nobody who’s built around that point. In real life comics, when this sort of reaction happens it’s usually in response to the passing along of a role that is not traditionally a mantle to be passed. Legacy, while being one guy for almost 70 years, was explicitly himself somebody who had the mantle passed to him and so everybody knew that this was coming eventually from the moment that Pauline was born back in the ’50s. The main backlash for the character getting the name is in the post-OblivAeon era where Paul is still around (and not dead like any previous Legacy mantle-passing), just not as “Legacy”. Those holdouts are a small minority and nobody takes them seriously.
  • How do Legacy’s views on America differ from her father’s? Is this reflected in the villains she faces at all? She, much like her father, loves the promise of America but can be disappointed in the failures to live up to that promise. They both believe in the core principles and work for them, but, for example, Paul didn’t fight in Vietnam - notably the first major conflict where the powered Parsons didn’t participate. There are definitely writers that approach both of them from the whole spectrum from an unexamined/one note support, to the more nuanced striving to be the best we can be, to a more cynical disillusionment with being associated with America for [insert bad thing here]. Of those three, they both strongly feel that the middle one is the “correct” way to write either of them. Where they differ is mainly down to generational differences in how they interface with the world - she had a pretty insular upbringing, but she’s also likely to be ever-so-slightly more progressive than her father if only because people in their 20s tend to be more progressive than people into their 60s.
  • How does her view on Baron Blade differ from her father’s? She’s like “Ugh, this guy. Get over yourself.” Paul takes him seriously, but for her it’s like you thinking about “one of your dad’s friends” (only instead of friend, it’s a mortal enemy, but it’s that one-step-removed level of familiarity). Paul and Ivan have a very mutually-antagonistic view of their relationship, and while Ivan transfers his hatred down the generations to the whole Parsons family, she is over it. He’s a dictator of a city-state, but he doesn’t make his people’s lives bad for all that. If he’d just stop it with the doomsday devices (which always fail, by the way - take a hint) he wouldn’t be so bad. Compared to a bunch of the other villains, his death toll is relatively minor just due to the fact that as long as his overly-complicated plans are foiled there’s relatively little fallout.
  • What powers does Antimox have? Complete molecular control. The power to disperse and reform his own molecules at will. The ability to detect, isolate, and contain Isoflux Alpha. Energy manipulation/blasts. Teleportation. This is one of those villains that seems “all powerful” - there hasn’t been an upper limit shown to his powers yet and in the stories we’ve seen so far they don’t actually get to the end of whatever they were doing with him.
  • What’s his goal/motive (rule or destroy the world, for example)? Knowledge. He’s experimenting and inventing things. Additionally, he legitimately enjoys teaching and is good at it - his job at the University isn’t just a cover. He’s a relatively nice, chill guy who gets along with his students. He just also doesn’t have qualms about using some of them as test subjects in his “let’s give them powers with Isoflux Alpha and see what happens” experiments.
  • Has anybody made the connection between his professor and villain personas? Any chance we’ll see more of him in the future? Nobody’s discovered him. Well, it’s possible there’s a story where somebody walked into his lab and discovered him, but they quickly got a one-way ticket to the inside of an Isoflux Alpha tank. We’ll see more of him.
  • What does he teach? Does that subject have a bearing on his villainous plots? He’s a science teacher. It’s a comic book so that likely covers a broad swath of disciplines, but anything from biology to chemistry to physics. Lots of quantum nonsense, lots of antimatter. His scientific pursuits are exclusively what his villainous plots are about.
  • We’ve been told that Young Legacy opposes him, but have any other college-aged heroes teamed up with her against him? There hasn’t been a direct confrontation/fight between them. He starts something so that he can observe it. That frequently means observing her stopping whatever it was, but it’s not like he’s directly involved in that conflict. Sometimes that results in him wanting to test her by making something even worse for the next time. There were likely plans building to a “graduation” story with a more direct conflict between them, but then OblivAeon happened and by the time we come back to life as usual again she’s out of college and still doesn’t know that her old science professor was really a villain.
  • In the Young Legacy episode you mentioned a story where she goes on a date, but it turns out that her date is a villain - who was this guy, somebody targeting a co-ed and getting more than he bargained for or just somebody who liked Felicia and happened to do crime? They feel like it’s more the latter and that neither of them knew the other’s secret identity, but she figures it out halfway through the date or something. Maybe we also do the thing that never happens which is he ducks out of the date to do a crime, she comes out to stop him in Legacy costume and he recognizes her, which prompts some flustering. She stops him and sets him on the path to rehabilitation, but they both really did like one another. He promises to not tell anyone - not that her secret getting out is bad, just that she would like to have a civilian life that’s not overshadowed by the Legacy name all the time. That’s one of the major differences between her and her dad. Trying to workshop this guy’s crime they don’t think it was something like “bank robbery” but they consider that “Robin Hooding” may have been an option. Like, it doesn’t matter that he was doing nice things with what he stole later, he was still stealing and/or putting people’s lives at risk and she can’t turn a blind eye. They might delve into this one more later (possibly up to even getting a more complete Writers Room treatment).
  • She often fought a “freak of the week” created by Antimox - were those transformations reversible? No, they were not [as we now know, they are Omegas]. There’s super prison just packed to the gills with former college students. That’s pretty dark. But seriously, there’s a fair amount of rehab and some of them try to go on to lead something approaching a “normal” life. Mainly they were treated as one-off characters at the time, but there’s potential for some returns in the post-OblivAeon era. Keep in mind that these are relatively recent creations - we’re talking a spam of new characters in the few years immediately preceding OblivAeon. There are a lot of dangling plot threads from this run.
  • Did she try to cover up just how many baddies she was having to deal with in Fairville to prevent, say, the Freedom Five from deciding they needed to take control of the situation? She wasn’t covering it up. There were other hero cameos occasionally (like Expatriette). If anything, she was being communicative about it in a “I’m handling it” kind of way. They can also imagine short epilogues occasionally where she Skypes with her dad and talks about what she fought and gets advice (peppered in with “How does this computer work?” comments) from him. Even better, have calls like this with a bunch of heroes. Really leverage the idea that, because of the way she grew up, she is incredibly well-connected to the hero community at large. Everybody knows her and wants her to succeed.
  • Was there any villain that realized that Pauline Parsons was living in Fairville and then specifically decided to not start trouble there because they didn’t want to invite that kind of attention? They like this idea. Like, somebody is all “Aha! I have discovered the daughter of Legacy’s identity! Wait…” and then contacts her anonymously to let her know that her identity has been compromised but that they will try to help her keep the secret (jokingly: “It’s Ray Manta”). They like the idea of somebody figuring it out and trying to keep it secret just to prevent their associates from coming after her and getting beat up/caught in the process. Although, if we never find out who it is, then it was probably Baron Blade. “No, you get that education. We’ll meet again later.”
  • How does the Parsons family “Danger Sense” work? Is it just focused on danger to them in particular or does it cover people around them too? Can it be overwhelmed by setting up a whole series of perils that trigger at once? Can the danger be cleverly disguised so as to not be detected until it’s too late? The first ever example of it was the general danger of “The British are coming!”, so it’s not just local to the user. Having multiple perils can make it less useful as there’s no obvious course of action to avoid all of them and a villain who knows about it could definitely abuse this.
  • We know that “bulletproof skin” is a power now, but how resistant is Legacy to other forms of attack (suffocation, electrocution, poison, etc.)? She can’t hold her breath indefinitely, but she can hold it a long time. She’s highly resistant to a wide variety of damage. There’s the whole “Vitality” power set that covers things like holding breath and quick recovery from disease or poison - we’re talking a lot of poison before it’s enough. Similarly, that strength and constitution makes it more difficult to hurt her with anything else (electricity, cold, fire, etc.).
  • Does the fact that Legacy’s powers come from a Singular Entity mean that they’re more vulnerable to powers derived from another Singular Entity? They don’t think so. You might be able to “tune” such a thing to specifically be effective against them, but that’s not a normal outcome.
  • Is Baron Blade’s regression serum available for purchase or is it something that only he has access to? That’s just for him. You don’t get to kill Legacy, he gets to kill Legacy!
  • How does the regression serum work? “It’s a chemical compound that counteracts the bio-generation powers [they’ve] gotten.”
  • If you got a ludicrous amount of money that you may or may not have gotten out of a deal with a fairy who then went on to frame you for robbing Fort Knox and now Legacy’s after you, which villain would you hire as a distraction so that you could make an escape? The limitation that they’re somebody you can hire in the first place is something to consider. Radioactivist might not be a bad choice given that even if he does a bad job of it, his mere presence is dangerous enough that he needs to be dealt with. Other options: Wager Master (“I bet you all of this money that you can’t stop Legacy.”) or “her ex-boyfriend”.
  • Does Felicia face any villains that have inherited a mantle as she did herself? Yes, as discussed above.
  • Any villains in her social life without either of them realizing who the other was? Sort of. There was the guy she went on a date with, but then they realized who the other was. Then there’s Dr. Nathan Gregory, but he’s not exactly in her “social life”.
  • Any villains in the same life stage, but who are making bad decisions that mirror her good ones? Probably. Again, the guy she dates kind of fits this.
  • Does she fight anybody whose weakness is sonic powers therefore requiring the assistance of a heroic Tromtarian [the current letter was written by GRUUM]? Are there ninjas? No.
  • Of the three main hero teams, the Freedom Five are probably the most uniform in terms of their powers (“scientific”) while facing the greatest variety of foes (not only their individual villains, but big crossover team-up-requiring threats and so wind up fighting everyone else’s villains as well); how does the team’s lack of magical/space/time-travel expertise affect their battles? Tachyon has some space knowledge (she was a “space hero” in the late Golden/early Silver Age [beyond her association with Wagner Mars Base, I don’t think we’d had any indication of that other than the relatively-recent reveal of the cover on her First Appearance Variant incapacitated side, but it’s also not terribly out-of-character for “science lady” to be associated with space in that era]). Similarly time-travel is something she would have theoretical knowledge about even if she doesn’t do it herself. She’s the team’s go-to “we need to know stuff about a thing” person, which was kind of they interesting bit regarding GloomWeaver in FFA #6 when the “thing” was magic, for which she has nothing, and therefore they needed outside help from NightMist. They’re a bit out of their depth with magic, but that’s also kind of the appeal of these relatively understandable-from-a-normal-perspective people who can sometimes figure out how to deal with magical threats and/or getting help. That initial not knowing what to do is part of the story.
  • Does Young Legacy mainly fight her own villains or does she wind up fighting “other people’s villains” as well? She mainly fights her own, but sometimes those are related to other people (like Doctor Toxica).
  • Suppose somebody with an IVF facility manages to capture Felicia without anybody knowing (including Felicia) and proceeds to take and egg from her and create a biological child of her that is implanted in some other woman. The child is born without anybody else knowing that the child is Legacy’s, does that child count as the next generation as far as the Legacy line is concerned? Given what they’ve said about the potential for an adopted child to count and whatnot, the answer comes down to “what kind of story are you trying to tell in these comics?” - you’ve created such a convoluted scenario that the answer would be similarly convoluted. Like, if the kid is raised and lives their life with no knowledge or connection to the Parsons family, they might not get powers. If Legacy’s involved in a fight years later and she winds up seeing this teenager bystander, they lock eyes as there’s a moment of connection/recognition between them and then boom! the kid’s flying, that’s also an option. A similar scenario where the child is switched at birth and nobody knows about it, her biological child could still be the one that gets the powers as that might be enough of a connection for “is there a successor?” check to lock in on, but it once again comes down to what story you’re telling. This situation is very divorced from what is actually happening in the story but, as a hypothetical, they can come up with justifications for it going whichever way you want for the story you’re telling.
  • How much do Legacy’s powers correlate to muscle mass (Paul’s a paragon of athleticism, Pete Riske got pretty jacked when he received powers derived from him, but Felicia was described as a young woman of average height and build)? Hold up, Felicia’s somewhat taller than average, but she’s pretty cut by the time she takes up the Legacy name. Adam’s of the opinion that both she and her father worked out to get to the level of muscle they have and her being less muscled as Young Legacy isn’t just an artifact of his art style evolving as things have gone on.
  • Are any of these the case: muscle mass if a multiplier for the Legacy strength powers and so Felicia isn’t as strong as her father by a significant margin, muscle is additive and she’s negligibly weaker than her dad, or Paul subconsciously holds back and puts a cap on his strength and Felicia (consciously or unconsciously) thinks that she should be about as strong as her dad and so they wind up being on par with one another? They think the second option is the closest to the truth - Paul isn’t subconsciously capping his strength and, while she might be somewhat less strong than him, it’s not enough to generally make a difference in practical terms. If they were to arm-wrestle (and were using a table/building that wouldn’t just collapse under the strain), he’d likely win with effort due to the leverage advantage of longer forearms, but it would be an effort. In another decade of comics publishing, this might not be the case anymore as she hits her prime and he continues to age. However, they both do consciously cap their strength in a “world of cardboard” sense.
  • Is there a difference between how Heritage and Legacy view villains? They have a very similar outlook/morality. They both prefer to not kill and to redeem. They’re both very optimistic.
  • Has the Cult of Gloom ever tried leveraging Legacy’s powers against the heroes (citing the Vandals’ plot in “Stolen Legacy”)? Legacy’s a great target for the Cult of Gloom (the first GloomWeaver story is one involving the Freedom Five after all), but it’s not a common interaction. Magic in general isn’t terribly common in FF stories. There may have been such a story with the Cult of Gloom, but they intentionally had such a plan work in the Vandals’ hands to show them actually pulling off an impressive feat of Gloom magic. Speaking of which: Cult of Gloom, you got upstaged by the Vandals? For shame.
  • Back in editor’s note 12 you mentioned that Choke was an Omega, how did she come into contact with Isoflux Alpha? Yeah, they said from a very young age that she could hear the metal, so she must have been exposed to it as a baby. The timeline wouldn’t work for her to be an experimental subject, but maybe she got exposed to the burst of exotic particles from the Nolan Generator’s initial activation. Her being an Omega is also kind of a retcon - she would have been around from well before Antimox showed up and her childhood powers would have been established by then, only later explained as being connected to the rest of this Isoflux Alpha nonsense. Like, as a baby she was being bathed in a large metal sink and there was some Isoflux Alpha in the water and when she was exposed to it she heard the metal of the sink telling her to be warm and comfortable in the bath and that’s the first voice she can remember hearing, even before a memory of her mother’s voice. There are likely a bunch of characters for whom the timeline also doesn’t exactly line up, but who were retconned into being Omegas anyway.